Thursday, April 2, 2015

Deep by Kylie Scott (Stage Dive Series #4)

In the final installment of the Stage Dive series, Ben the broody bass player is featured. Haven't heard much from Ben in the previous books, except for when he went out with Lena (remember that?) in an attempt to help her get over Jimmy. 

This story starts with a dinner party celebrating Mal and Anne's two-month marriage anniversary. All the band members are in attendance. Ben is there with his new gal-pal, and Lizzy (Anne's younger sister) is there as well. As both Lizzy and Lena are feeling under the weather, Ben's woman starts to question them about their symptoms. Lena starts to freak, Lizzy tries to hide what she already knows -- she's pregnant with Ben's love child. The evening ends with blood and bruises as Mal and Ben duke it out. 

Flashback to the day that Lizzy and Ben meet. The story timeline goes back to when Mal has just moved in with Anne, and she takes her sister to see the band practice. (If you really want to see how they got there, visit this deleted scene from Play: Lizzy knows the guys - but has never really felt anything for them until she is in the same room with Ben. They're introduced to each other after the band practice, and can't keep their eyes off each other. While both are attracted to each other, you find that Mal has told Ben to keep away from Lizzy. 

Lizzy on the other hand doesn't stay away from Ben. 

"You poor hapless male. You never stood a chance"

They develop a friendship over text-messages, until one night when she's out at a bar (really, a pick-up joint) and Ben goes in and drags her booty out of there. She thinks that the attraction is mutual and tries to kiss him only to discover he's just not that into her. She knows that he went out with Lena. Ouch. Angst. Heartbreak. She goes inside her apartment crushed. 

She ignores his text messages, and yet, still has feelings for him that she can't shake. The two continue to ignore each other until they are both at Mal and Anne's wedding and what happens one night in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas.

Ben freaks, Lizzy freaks, Mal freaks. Ben and Mal aren't talking, Lizzy doesn't want to be Yoko and break up the band. Ben and Lizzy decide to they have to get along and be friends, and when that doesn't work, Ben gets put in his place by Jimmy (who is also dealing with a preggers girlfriend). 

"None of us planned this, but you need to get yourself out of the running for dickhead of the year"
Lizzy feels alone, Ben keeps trying and messing up with her. 

"Because this is me, Liz. What you see is what you get. I like things calm, easy. But you and me, we've never been easy. Minute I saw you, it's been complicated"

The two struggle through their impending status as parents, while trying to resolve their feelings for each other, their siblings, and band-mates.This one felt a bit more angsty than the rest, but they try to work it out.

Again, the entire gang is involved, including Ben's sister/David's ex-Martha, Security guy Sam, and a few newbies (Why hello, Vaughn!) that add to the fun. Mal is still Mal, Jimmy steps up and kicks ass (he's my fav!), and the gals are just all kinds of kick-ass. 

While I know this is the last in the series, I hope that Kylie continues to provide updates / novellas / future stories with the gang in her next series "Dive Bar" as it follows Vaughn and his adventures.

 About the Author: 

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into six different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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